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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
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find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
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there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
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plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
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chronicling my quest for the one true
Greek Cup
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have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
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who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
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this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
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my clothing & accessories design
east-meets-west minimalism

my site

the look
dressy utilitarian

my concept
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!

Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple

Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'

Daily Buss Feature

Luckymag.com Feature

in the blog press
midtown lunch
the girl who ate everything
queens eats
(into) the fray
funky finds
style document
gowanus lounge
far too cute
ethereal bliss
couture in the city
independent luxe
decor 8
funky finds
urban socialite
lady licorice
high fashion girl

more press...

furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer, traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads, succulents and other waxy flora

particular loves
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic, low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum, pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism

magazines of current interest
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper

favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation

second favorite
the stiletto

current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness of their styles.





kill devil hill, now open

Franklin Street retail in Greenpoint gets more exciting by the day. Kill Devil Hill at 170 Franklin is one of the latest additions, tied with Dandelion Wine at 153 (both stores opened exactly one week ago today). I stopped in for my second browse today, and to speak with owners Mary Brockman and Cowboy Mark Straiton about their Western aesthetic and product mix of cool curiosities which references the real Big Sky Country, and not the one I joke about in Brooklyn.

Mary has had time to soak up the Western aesthetic, having lived in Oklahoma for a time and made plenty of trips by car between Texas and California. She describes the store as focusing on the late 18th to early 19th centuries. Cowboy Mark, a well-known DJ in New York and around Europe, was a rancher in the West for many years. A rancher! He described Kill Devil Hill's aesthetic as "Industrial Boom to Industrial Decline general store." I like it.

The retail stores on Franklin Street are organically developed; they are creative, unique visions of the shop keepers. Kill Devil Hill is no exception. The exciting part of this general store is that pretty much every time you visit, you will see new things. Cowboy Mark has "a whole barn-full" of unique one-of-a-kind items that will be gradually revealed. Brockman added that they both travel a lot and are always finding new things. I am looking forward to weekly visits to the general store on my way to get the "New Mexico" at the Franklin Street Corner Store.

Kill Devil Hill
170 Franklin Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
no phone yet

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well...4 the record...
I grew up working on a dairy farm in CT.
I did work on a horse ranch... Also on the east coast
xo CB Mark

12:07 PM  

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